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Publication numberUS5578595 A
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 08/407,741
Publication dateNov 26, 1996
Filing dateMar 21, 1995
Priority dateJul 18, 1990
Fee statusLapsed
Also published asCA2047157A1, EP0467840A2, EP0467840A3, US5326901
Publication number08407741, 407741, US 5578595 A, US 5578595A, US-A-5578595, US5578595 A, US5578595A
InventorsManfred B oger
Original AssigneeCiba-Geigy Corporation
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cyclopropylacetic acid derivatives
US 5578595 A
Abstract
Novel 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid derivatives of formula I ##STR1## wherein A is oxygen or --NR1 --,
B is C2 -C6 alkylene,
D is oxygen, sulfur or --O--CH2 --,
E is phenyl; phenyl substituted by from one to three substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl, C1 -C3 haloalkyl and C1 -C4 alkoxy; a five-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three hetero atoms selected from the group nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; a five-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three hetero atoms selected from the group nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur that is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl and C1 -C3 haloalkyl; a six-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three nitrogen atoms; or a six-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three nitrogen atoms that is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl and C1 -C3 haloalkyl,
L is halogen or methyl,
n is 0, 1 or 2, and
R1 is hydrogen, C1 -C4 alkyl, phenylthio or tolylthio,
can be used as pesticides. Especially insects and arachnids can be controlled.
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What is claimed is:
1. A 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid derivative of formula I ##STR79## wherein A is oxygen or --NR1 --,
B is C2 -C6 alkylene,
D is oxygen, sulfur or --O--CH2 -,
E is phenyl; phenyl substituted by from one to three substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl, C1 -C3 haloalkyl and C1 -C4 alkoxy; a five-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three hetero atoms selected from the group nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; a five-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three hetero atoms selected from the group nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur that is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl and C1 -C3 haloalkyl; a six-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three nitrogen atoms; or a six-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three nitrogen atoms that is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl and C1 -C3 haloalkyl,
L is halogen or methyl,
n is 0, 1 or 2, and
R1 is hydrogen, C1 -C4 alkyl, phenylthio or tolylthio.
2. A compound according to claim 1 wherein A is oxygen.
3. A compound according to claim 1 wherein B is an ethylene bridge.
4. A compound according to claim 1 wherein A is --NH--.
5. A compound according to claim 1 wherein n is 0.
6. A compound according to claim 1 wherein D is oxygen.
7. A compound according to claim 1 wherein E is phenyl, pyridyl, pyridazine or thiadiazolyl, or is phenyl, pyridyl, pyridazinyl or thiadiazolyl each of which is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group fluorine, chlorine, C1 -C2 haloalkyl and methyl.
8. A compound according to claim 7 wherein E is phenyl, chlorophenyl, fluorophenyl, methylthiadiazolyl, pyridyl, dichloropyridyl, chlorotrifluoromethylpyridyl, chlorotrifluorodichloroethylpyridyl or chloropyridazinyl.
9. A compound according to claim 7 wherein A is oxygen, B is an ethylene bridge, D is oxygen or sulfur and n is 0.
10. A compound according to claim 7 wherein A is the --NH-- bridge, B is an ethylene bridge, D is oxygen or sulfur and n is 0.
11. A compound selected from the group:
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenylthiophenoxy)-ethyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenylthiophenoxy)-propyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-propyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(pyrid-2-yloxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(3-chlorophenoxy)-phenoxy)]-ethyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(4-fluorophenoxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(2-fluorophenoxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(3-methyl-1,2-thiadiazol-5-yloxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester and
2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-benzyloxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester.
12. A pesticidal composition comprising as active ingredient at least one compound of formula I according to claim 1.
13. A composition according to claim 12 comprising in addition at least one carrier.
Description

This is a division of Ser. No. 225,167, filed May 20, 1994, abandoned, which is a division of Ser. No. 034,635, filed Mar. 22, 1994, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,326,901, which is a continuation of Ser. No. 731,189, filed Jul. 15, 1991, abandoned.

The present invention relates to novel derivatives of 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid, to processes and intermediates for the preparation thereof, to pesticides comprising those compounds, and to their use in pest control.

The 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid derivatives according to the invention correspond to formula I ##STR2## wherein A is oxygen or --NR1 --,

B is C2 -C6 alkylene,

D is oxygen, sulfur or --O--CH2 --,

E is phenyl; phenyl substituted by from one to three substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl, C1 -C3 haloalkyl and C1 -C4 alkoxy; a five-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three hetero atoms selected from the group nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, a five-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three hetero atoms selected from the group nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur that is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl and C1 -C3 haloalkyl; a six-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three nitrogen atoms; or a six-membered aromatic heterocycle having from one to three nitrogen atoms that is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group halogen, C1 -C4 alkyl and C1 -C3 haloalkyl,

L is halogen or methyl,

n is 0, 1 or 2, and

R1 is hydrogen, C1 -C4 alkyl, phenylthio or tolylthio.

In the literature, 2,2-difluorocyclopropylethane derivatives are known as pesticides from EP-A-318 425. However, these compounds are not always completely satisfactory as pesticides. There is therefore a continued need for pest control compounds having improved properties.

In the definition of formula I according to the invention, the individual generic terms are to be understood as having the following meanings:

Halogen atoms that come into consideration as substituents are fluorine and chlorine and also bromine and iodine, with fluorine and chlorine being preferred. Halogen is here to be understood as being an independent substituent or pan of the substituent haloalkyl.

Alkyl and alkoxy radicals that come into consideration as substituents may be straight-chained or branched. There may be mentioned as examples of such alkyl radicals methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl, sec-butyl or tert-butyl. There may be mentioned as suitable alkoxy radicals inter alia: methoxy, ethoxy, propoxy, isopropoxy or butoxy and its isomers.

If the alkyl or phenyl groups or aromatic heterocycles that come into consideration as substituents are substituted by halogen, they may be only partially halogenated or also per-halogenated. The definitions given above apply here to halogen, alkyl and alkoxy. Examples of the alkyl elements of those groups are methyl substituted from one to three times by fluorine, chlorine and/or by bromine, for example CHF2 or CF3 ; ethyl substituted from one to five times by fluorine, chlorine and/or by bromine, for example CH2 CF3, CF2 CF3, CF2 CCl3, CF2 CHCl2, CF2 CHF2, CF2 CFCl2, CF2 CHBr2, CF2 CHClF, CF2 CHBrF or CClFCHClF; propyl or isopropyl substituted from one to seven times by fluorine, chlorine and/or by bromine, for example CH2 CHBrCH2 Br, CF2 CHFCF3, CH2 CF2 CF3 or CH(CF3)2 ; butyl or one of its isomers substituted from one to nine times by fluorine, chlorine and/or by bromine, for example CF(CF3)CHFCF3 or CH2 (CF2)2 CF3. The aromatic heterocycles carry the substituents that come into consideration preferably at one of the carbon atoms which, together with the hetero atoms, form the ring structure. These rings are generally also bonded via a carbon atom of the ring to the bridge member D. The five-membered aromatic heterocycles of the definition of the radical E according to the invention are preferably represented by the following basic structures: pyrrole, imidazole, pyrazole, 1,2,3-triazole, 1,2,4-triazole, oxazole, isoxazole, thiazole, isothiazole, 1,2,3-thiadiazole, 1,2,4-thiadiazole, 1,3,4-thiadiazole, 1,2,3-oxadiazole, 1,2,4-oxadiazole or 1,3,4-oxadiazole. Six-membered aromatic heterocycles that come into consideration according to the invention for E are pyridine, pyrimidine, pyrazine, pyridazine, 1,2,4-triazine or 1,3,5-triazine. If the aromatic radicals defined under E, and also phenyl, are further substituted, they may be substituted from one to three times by identical or different substituents selected from those listed. Preferably, the substituted aromatic substituents contain one or two substituents. The aromatic radicals of the definition --D--E are represented especially by the following individual meanings: phenoxy, phenylthio, 3,5-dichloropyrid-2-yloxy, 2-pyridyloxy, benzyloxy, 3-chlorophenoxy, 3-methyl-1,2,4-thiadiazol-5-yloxy, 4-fluorophenoxy, 3-fluorophenoxy, 2-fluorophenoxy, 3-chloro-5-trifluoromethylpyrid-2-yloxy, 3-chloro-5-(2,2-dichloro-1,1,2-trifluoroethyl)-pyrid-2-yloxy, 3,5-difluorophenoxy, 2-ethoxymethyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-5-ylmethoxy, 3-isopropyl-1,2,4-thiadiazol-5-yloxy, 4-chlorophenoxy, 2-chloro-4-trifluoromethylphenoxy, 4,5-dichloroimidazol-1-ylmethoxy, 5-bromothien-2-ylmethoxy, 4-trifluoromethylphenoxy, 1-imidazolylmethoxy, 1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethoxy, 4-ethylphenoxy, 4-methoxyphenoxy, 4-chlorophenylthio and 3-chloropyridazin-4-yloxy.

The radicals --D--E may occupy the ortho-, meta- or para-position of the phenyl radical, but the para-position is preferred.

Of the compounds of formula I, special mention should be made of those sub-groups wherein

a) A is oxygen, or

b) B is an ethylene bridge, or

c) A is an --NH-- bridge, or

d) n is 0, or

e) D is oxygen, or

f) E is phenyl, pyridyl, pyridazinyl or thiadiazolyl, or is phenyl, pyridyl, pyridazinyl or thiadiazolyl each of which is substituted by one or two substituents selected from the group fluorine, chlorine, C1 -C2 haloalkyl and methyl.

Of the compounds of sub-group f), preference is given to those wherein E is phenyl, chlorophenyl, fluorophenyl, methylthiadiazolyl, pyridyl, dichloropyridyl, chlorotrifluoromethylpyridyl, chlorotrifluorodichloroethylpyridyl or chloropyridazinyl.

Of these preferred compounds of formula I, there are distinguished by their good activity especially those compounds wherein either A is oxygen, B is an ethylene bridge, D is oxygen or sulfur and n is 0; or A is the --NH-- bridge, B is an ethylene bridge, D is oxygen or sulfur and n is 0.

The following may be mentioned as preferred individual compounds of formula I according to the invention:

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenylthiophenoxy)-ethyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenylthiophenoxy)-propyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-propyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(pyrid-2-yloxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(3-chlorophenoxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(4-fluorophenoxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(2-fluorophenoxy)-phenoxy]-ethyl ester,

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-[4-(3-methyl-1,2-thiadiazol-5-yloxy)-phenoxy]ethyl ester and

2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-benzyloxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester.

The 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid derivatives of formula I can be prepared by

a) reacting a 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid halide of formula II ##STR3## wherein Hal is chlorine or bromine, optionally in an inert solvent and in the presence of an acid-binding agent, with an alcohol or amine of formula III ##STR4## wherein A, B, L, D, E and n are as defined under formula I, or b) reacting a 3-butenoic acid derivative of formula IV ##STR5## wherein A, B, L, D, E and n are as defined under formula I, in an inert solvent with difluorocarbene, or

c) reacting the free 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid of formula V ##STR6## in the absence or presence of an inert solvent and of a catalyst or of a water-removing agent, with an alcohol or amine of formula III.

The reaction of process a) (II+III→I) is preferably carried out in an inert solvent that is free of hydroxy groups, in the presence of an organic base, for example pyridine, 4-dimethylaminopyridine, lutidine, collidine, trialkylamine or N,N-dialkylaniline, or of a bicyclic, non-nucleophilic base, such as 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO), 1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene (DBN) or 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (1.5-5) (DBU). The reaction is generally carried out at temperatures of from -30 C. to +70 C., preferably from -10 C. to +50 C. The reaction is advantageously carried out in the presence of a solvent or solvent mixture that is inert towards the reaction. Examples of suitable solvents are aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, xylenes, petroleum ether, hexane; halogenated hydrocarbons, such as chlorobenzene, methylene chloride, ethylene chloride, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, tetrachloroethylene; ethers and ethereal compounds, such as dialkyl ethers (diethyl ether, diisopropyl ether, tert-butyl methyl ether, etc.), anisole, dioxane, tetrahydrofuran; nitriles, such as acetonitrile, propionitrile; esters, such as ethyl acetate (acetic acid ethyl ester), propyl acetate or butyl acetate; ketones, such as acetone, diethyl ketone, methyl ethyl ketone; compounds such as dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), dimethylformamide (DMF); and mixtures of such solvents with one another. However, the reaction may also be carried out in an excess of one of the above-mentioned bases or, when the compound of formula III is an amine (A═NR1), there may be used instead of the base a second equivalent or a greater excess of the compound of formula III. The reaction is carried out under atmospheric pressure, although it could also be carried out under elevated or reduced pressure.

Suitable solvents for carrying out reaction variant b) (IV+difluorocarbene→I) are preferably ethers, such as diglyme, triglyme or tetraglyme. Difluorocarbene is produced in accordance with methods known in the specialist literature (Burton and Hahnfeld, Fluorine Chem. Rev. 8 (1977), 119ff.). Suitable difluorocarbene donors are, for example, alkali metal chlorodifluoroacetates, such as sodium chlorodifluoroacetate; halodifluorohydrocarbons, such as chlorodifluoromethane; organotin compounds, such as trimethyl(trifluoromethyl)tin; organomercury compounds, such as phenyl(trifluoromethyl)mercury; organophosphorus compounds, such as tris(trifluoromethyl)difluorophosphorane and triphenyl(bromodifluoromethyl)phosphonium bromide.

In process variant c) (V+III→I), the reaction is advantageously carried out in the presence of water-removing reagents customary for esterification reactions, for example in the presence of a carbodiimide [dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC)] or of a 1-alkyl-2-halopyridinium salt, such as 1-methyl-2-chloropyridinium iodide. Advantageously, the reaction is then carried out in the presence of a solvent or solvent mixture that is inert towards the reaction, at temperatures of from -30 C. to +70 C., preferably from -10 C. to +50 C. The reaction is preferably carried out in the presence of a base, for example in the presence of an organic amine, such as a trialkylamine (trimethylamine, triethylamine, tripropylamine or diisopropylethylamine), a pyridine (pyridine itself, 4-dimethylaminopyridine or 4-pyrrolidinopyridine), a morpholine (N-methylmorpholine) or an N,N-dialkylaniline (N,N-dimethylaniline or N-methyl-N-ethylaniline). Examples of suitable solvents for this reaction are aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, xylenes, petroleum ether, hexane; halogenated hydrocarbons, such as chlorobenzene, methylene chloride, ethylene chloride, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, tetrachloroethylene; ethers and ethereal compounds, such as dialkyl ethers (diethyl ether, diisopropyl ether, tert-butyl methyl ether, etc.), anisole, dioxane, tetrahydrofuran; nitriles, such as acetonitrile, propionitrile; esters, such as ethyl acetate (acetic acid ethyl ester), propyl acetate or butyl acetate; and mixtures of such solvents with one another.

When the compound of formula III is an alcohol (A═O), process variant c) may also be carried out in the presence of an acid catalyst, for example H2 SO4, HCl or a sulfonic acid, such as methanesulfonic acid or p-toluenesulfonic acid. The reaction is advantageously carried out using an excess of the alcohol of formula III. In this process, water that is liberated can be removed from the reaction mixture continuously. A customary method for that purpose is removal of the water reaction product by distilling off an azeotrope of the solvent with water. Suitable solvents for that purpose are benzene, toluene, xylene, methylene chloride or chloroform.

In principle, the various derivatives of formula I are also obtainable by transesterification or amidation from the readily obtainable lower alkyl esters of 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid.

For example, the ester-type derivatives of formula I (A═O) can be obtained by base- or acid-catalysed transesterification of the lower alkyl esters of formula Va ##STR7## with the alcohols of formula IIIa ##STR8## wherein B, D, E, L and n are as defined under formula I. Especially suitable acid catalysts are HCl, H2 SO4 or a sulfonic acid. The base used in the base-catalysed transesterification is preferably the sodium or potassium alcoholate of the alcohol of formula IIIa, which is obtainable from IIIa, for example, by the addition of sodium or potassium hydride. The transesterification reaction is preferably carried out at temperatures of from -20 C. to +120 C., especially from 0 C. to +100 C. The alcohol component IIIa is advantageously used in excess. Suitable solvents are ethers, such as diethyl ether, diisopropyl ether, dioxane or tetrahydrofuran, halogenated hydrocarbons or aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons.

Amide-type derivatives of formula I (A═NR1) are obtained from the lower alkyl esters of formula Va by reacting those esters with amines of formula IIIb ##STR9## wherein R1, B, D, E, L and n are as defined under formula I. The amidation reactions are carried out at temperatures of from 0 C. to +120 C. The reactants are advantageously reacted in an inert solvent or solvent mixture. Examples of suitable solvents are aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, xylenes, petroleum ether, hexane; halogenated hydrocarbons, such as chlorobenzene, methylene chloride, ethylene chloride, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, tetrachloroethylene; ethers and ethereal compounds, such as dialkyl ethers (diethyl ether, diisopropyl ether, tert-butyl methyl ether, etc.), anisole, dioxane, tetrahydrofuran; nitriles, such as acetonitrile, propionitrile; alcohols, such as methanol, ethanol, propanol, isopropanol; or water. The amine component IIIb is advantageously used in excess.

The compounds of formulae II, III, IIIa, IIIb, V and Va and their preparation are known in the literature. Compounds II and V are obtained by customary hydrolysis and halogenation reactions from the basic 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid benzyl ester. This in turn can readily be prepared by the addition of difluorocarbene to 3-butenoic acid benzyl ester. The reaction conditions correspond to those of reaction variant b) for the difluorocarbene addition. The reaction conditions for the synthesis of the free acid from the benzyl ester and the subsequent optional conversion of that acid V into the acid halide of formula II correspond to the customary conditions for an acid- or base-catalysed hydrolysis or for the halogenation of a carboxylic acid. The compounds of formulae III, IIIa and IIIb which have not yet been described in the literature can be obtained analogously to the known processes by customary methods of synthesis.

The compounds of formula IV are novel. They were developed specifically for the synthesis of the compounds of formula I. The present invention therefore relates also to the compounds of formula IV.

The compounds of formula IV can be obtained from known products, by reacting 3-butenoic acid of formula VI

CH2 ═CH--CH2 --COOH                          (VI),

in the absence or presence of an inert solvent and of a catalyst or of a water-removing agent, with an alcohol or amine of formula III. The reaction conditions for this esterification or amidation correspond to those of process variant c) of the process according to the invention for the preparation of the compounds of formula I.

Unless expressly mentioned, the compounds of formula I are in the form of a mixture of optical isomers. However, optically pure isomers can be obtained by using optically pure starting materials, such as R- or S-2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid, or their halides, or by separating the optically pure isomers from the racemates by methods known per se.

For example, the optical isomers can be obtained by reacting compounds of the general formula II or V with a chiral auxiliary reagent, for example an optically active amine or an optically active alcohol, and the resulting diastereoisomers can then be separated by means of physical methods (Tetrahedron 33, 2725 (1977)), such as crystallisation, distillation or solid/liquid chromatography. By means of a subsequent hydrolytic cleavage, which may be carried out with either acid or base catalysis, there are obtained the optical isomers of the free acids of the general formula V, which can be reacted according to process variant c) to form the compounds according to the invention.

The mixtures of optical isomers of the general formula I that are formed during the synthesis can also be separated into the enantiomers by chromatography on chiral stationary phases, for example optically active amino acid derivatives bound to cyclodextrins, starches or to polymers (Angew. Chem. 92, 14 (1980)).

It has now been found that the compounds of formula I according to the invention are valuable active ingredients in pest control while being well tolerated by warm-blooded animals, fish and plants. The compounds according to the invention can be used especially against insects and arachnids which occur on useful plants and ornamentals in agriculture, especially in cotton, vegetable and fruit crops, in forestry, in the protection of stored goods and material stocks, and also in the hygiene sector, especially on domestic animals and productive livestock. They are effective against all or individual development stages of normally sensitive and also resistant species. Their action may manifest itself in the death of the pests immediately or only at a later date, for example at moulting, or in reduced oviposition and/or a reduced hatching rate. The above-mentioned pests include:

of the order Lepidoptera, for example, Acleris spp., Adoxophyes spp., Aegeria spp., Agrotis spp., Alabama argillaceae, Amylois spp., Anticarsia gemmatalis, Archips spp., Argyrotaenia spp., Autographa spp., Busseola fusca, Cadra cautella, Carposina nipponensis, Chilo spp., Choristoneura spp., Clysia ambiguella, Cnaphalocrocis spp., Cnephasia spp., Cochylis spp., Coleophora spp., Crocidolomia binotalis, Cryptophlebia leucotreta, Cydia spp., Diatraea spp., Diparopsis castanea, Earias spp., Ephestia spp., Eucosma spp., Eupoecilia ambiguella, Euproctis spp., Euxoa spp., Grapholita spp., Hedya nubiferana, Heliothis spp., Hellula undalis, Hyphantria cunea, Keiferia lycopersicella, Leucoptera scitella, Lithocollethis spp., Lobesia botrana, Lymantria spp., Lyonetia spp., Malacosoma spp., Mamestra brassicae, Manduca sexta, Operophtera spp., Ostrinia nubilalis, Pammene spp., Pandemis spp., Panolis flammea, Pectinophora gossypiella, Phthorimaea operculella, Pieris rapae, Pieris spp., Plutella xylostella, Prays spp., Scirpophaga spp., Sesamia spp., Sparganothis spp., Spodoptera spp., Synanthedon spp., Thaumetopoea spp., Tortrix spp., Trichoplusia ni and Yponomeuta spp.;

of the order Coleoptera, for example, Agriotes spp., Anthonomus spp., Atomaria linearis, Chaetocnema tibialis, Cosmopolites spp., Curculio spp., Dermestes spp., Diabrotica spp., Epilachna spp., Eremnus spp., Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Lissorhoptrus spp., Melolontha spp., Orycaephilus spp., Otiorhynchus spp., Phlyctinus spp., Popillia spp., Psylliodes spp., Rhizopertha spp., Scarabeidae, Sitophilus spp., Sitotroga spp., Tenebrio spp., Tribolium spp. and Trogoderma spp.;

of the order Orthoptera, for example, Blatta spp., Blattella spp., Gryllotalpa spp., Leucophaea maderae, Locusta spp., Periplaneta spp. and Schistocerca spp.;

of the order Isoptera, for example, Reticulitermes spp.; of the order Psocoptera, for example, Liposcelis spp.; of the order Anoplura, for example, Haematopinus spp., Linognathus spp., Pediculus spp., Pemphigus spp. and Phylloxera spp.; of the order Mallophaga, for example, Damalinea spp. and Trichodectes spp.;

of the order Thysanoptera, for example, Frankliniella spp., Hercinothrips spp., Taeniothrips spp., Thrips palmi, Thrips tabaci and Scirtothrips aurantii;

of the order Heteroptera, for example, Cimex spp., Distantiella theobroma, Dysdercus spp., Euchistus spp., Eurygaster spp., Leptocorisa spp., Nezara spp., Piesma spp., Rhodnius spp., Sahlbergella singularis, Scotinophara spp. and Triatoma spp.;

of the order Homoptera, for example, Aleurothrixus floccosus, Aleyrodes brassicae, Aonidiella spp., Aphididae, Aphis spp., Aspidiotus spp., Bemisia tabaci, Ceroplaster spp., Chrysomphalus aonidium, Chrysomphalus dictyospermi, Coccus hesperidum, Empoasca spp., Eriosoma larigerum, Erythroneura spp., Gascardia spp., Laodelphax spp., Lecanium corni, Lepidosaphes spp., Macrosiphus spp., Myzus spp., Nephotettix spp., Nilaparvata spp., Paratoria spp., Pemphigus spp., Planococcus spp., Pseudaulacaspis spp., Pseudococcus spp., Psylla spp., Pulvinaria aethiopica, Quadraspidiotus spp., Rhopalosiphum spp., Saissetia spp., Scaphoideus spp., Schizaphis spp., Sitobion spp., Trialeurodes vaporariorum, Trioza erytreae and Unaspis citri;

of the order Hymenoptera, for example, Acromyrmex, Atta spp., Cephus spp., Diprion spp., Diprionidae, Gilpinia polytoma, Hoplocampa spp., Lasius spp., Monomorium pharaonis, Neodiprion spp., Solenopsis spp. and Vespa spp.;

of the order Diptera, for example, Aedes spp., Antherigona soccata, Bibio hortulanus, Calliphora erythrocephala, Ceratitis spp., Chrysomyia spp., Culex spp., Cuterebra spp., Dacus spp., Drosophila melanogaster, Fannia spp., Gastrophilus spp., Glossina spp., Hypoderma spp., Hyppobosca spp., Liriomyza spp., Lucilia spp., Melanagromyza spp., Musca spp., Oestrus spp., Orseolia spp., Oscinella frit, Pegomyia hyoscyami, Phorbia spp., Rhagoletis pomonella, Sciara spp., Stomoxys spp., Tabanus spp., Tannia spp. and Tipula spp.;

of the order Siphonaptera, for example, Ceratophyllus spp., Xenopsylla cheopis,

of the order Acarina, for example, Acarus siro, Aceria sheldoni, Aculus schlechtendali, Amblyomma spp., Argas spp., Boophilus spp., Brevipalpus spp., Bryobia praetiosa, Calipitrimerus spp., Chorioptes spp., Dermanyssus gallinae, Eotetranychus carpini, Eriophyes spp., Hyalomma spp., Ixodes spp., Olygonychus pratensis, Ornithodoros spp., Panonychus spp., Phyllocoptruta oleivora, Polyphagotarsonemus latus, Psoroptes spp., Rhipicephalus spp., Rhizoglyphus spp., Sarcoptes spp., Tarsonemus spp. and Tetranychus spp.; and

of the order Thysanura, for example, Lepisma saccharina.

In particular, the compounds of formula I are suitable especially for controlling pests in fruit and rice crops, such as spider mites, aphids and rice cicadas. Furthermore, the compounds of formula I can also be used in advantageous manner for controlling parasites of warm-blooded animals, such as mites and ticks.

The good pesticidal activity of the compounds of formula I according to the invention corresponds to a mortality of at least 50-60% of the mentioned pests.

The activity of the compounds of the invention and of the compositions comprising them can be substantially broadened and adapted to prevailing circumstances by the addition of other insecticides and/or acaricides. Examples of suitable additives include representatives of the following classes of compounds: organophosphorus compounds, nitrophenols and derivatives thereof, formamidines, ureas, carbamates, pyrethroids, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and Bacillus thuringiensis preparations.

The compounds of formula I are used in unmodified form or, preferably, together with the adjuvants conventionally employed in formulation technology, and can therefore be formulated in known manner e.g. into emulsifiable concentrates, directly sprayable or dilutable solutions, dilute emulsions, wettable powders, soluble powders, dusts, granules, and also encapsulations in polymer substances. As with the compositions, the methods of application, such as spraying, atomising, dusting, scattering or pouring, are chosen in accordance with the intended objectives and the prevailing circumstances.

The formulations, i.e. the compositions, preparations or mixtures comprising the compound (active ingredient) of formula I, or combinations of those compounds with other insecticides or acaricides, and, where appropriate, a solid or liquid adjuvant, are prepared in known manner, e.g. by homogeneously mixing and/or grinding the active ingredients with extenders, e.g. solvents, solid carriers and, where appropriate, surface-active compounds (surfactants).

Suitable solvents are: aromatic hydrocarbons, preferably the C8 to C12 fractions of alkylbenzenes, e.g. xylene mixtures or alkylated naphthalenes, aliphatic or cycloaliphatic hydrocarbons such as cyclohexane, paraffins or tetrahydronaphthalene, alcohols such as ethanol, propanol or butanol, and glycols and their ethers and esters, such as propylene glycol, dipropylene glycol ether, ethylene glycol, ethylene glycol monomethyl or monoethyl ether, ketones such as cyclohexanone, isophorone or diacetone alcohol, strongly polar solvents such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, dimethyl sulfoxide or dimethylformamide, or water, vegetable oils such as rape oil, castor oil, coconut oil or soybean oil; and, where appropriate, silicone oils.

The solid carriers used, e.g. for dusts and dispersible powders, are normally natural mineral fillers such as calcite, talcum, kaolin, montmorillonite or attapulgite. In order to improve the physical properties it is also possible to add highly dispersed silicic acids or highly dispersed absorbent polymers. Suitable granulated adsorptive carriers are porous types, for example pumice, broken brick, sepiolite or bentonite; and suitable nonsorbent carriers are, for example, calcite or sand. In addition, a great number of granulated materials of inorganic or organic nature can be used, e.g. especially dolomite or pulverised plant residues.

Depending on the nature of the compound of formula I to be formulated, or of the combinations of those compounds with other insecticides or acaricides, suitable surface-active compounds are non-ionic, cationic and/or anionic surfactants having good emulsifying, dispersing and wetting properties. The term "surfactants" will also be understood as comprising mixtures of surfactants.

Both so-called water-soluble soaps and water-soluble synthetic surface-active compounds are suitable anionic surfactants.

Suitable soaps are the alkali metal salts, alkaline earth metal salts or unsubstituted or substituted ammonium salts of higher fatty acids (C10 -C22), e.g. the sodium or potassium salts of oleic or stearic acid, or of natural fatty acid mixtures which can be obtained e.g. from coconut oil or tall oil. Mention may also be made of fatty acid methyltaurin salts.

More frequently, however, so-called synthetic surfactants are used, especially fatty sulfonates, fatty sulfates, sulfonated benzimidazole derivatives or alkylarylsulfonates.

The fatty sulfonates or sulfates are usually in the form of alkali metal salts, alkaline earth metal salts or unsubstituted or substituted ammonium salts and generally contain a C8 -C22 alkyl radical, which also includes the alkyl moiety of acyl radicals, e.g. the sodium or calcium salt of lignosulfonic acid, of dodecyl sulfate or of a mixture of fatty alcohol sulfates obtained from natural fatty acids. These compounds also comprise the salts of sulfated and sulfonated fatty alcohol/ethylene oxide adducts. The sulfonated benzimidazole derivatives preferably contain 2 sulfonic acid groups and one fatty acid radical containing approximately 8 to 22 carbon atoms. Examples of alkylarylsulfonates are the sodium, calcium or triethanolamine salts of dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid, dibutylnaphthalenesulfonic acid, or of a condensate of naphthalenesulfonic acid and formaldehyde. Also suitable are corresponding phosphates, e.g. salts of the phosphoric acid ester of an adduct of p-nonylphenol with 4 to 14 mol of ethylene oxide, or phospholipids.

Non-ionic surfactants are preferably polyglycol ether derivatives of aliphatic or cycloaliphatic alcohols, saturated or unsaturated fatty acids and alkylphenols, said derivatives containing 3 to 30 glycol ether groups and 8 to 20 carbon atoms in the (aliphatic) hydrocarbon moiety and 6 to 18 carbon atoms in the alkyl moiety of the alkylphenols. Further suitable non-ionic surfactants are the water-soluble adducts of polyethylene oxide with polypropylene glycol, ethylenediaminopolypropylene glycol and alkylpolypropylene glycol containing 1 to 10 carbon atoms in the alkyl chain, which adducts contain 20 to 250 ethylene glycol ether groups and 10 to 100 propylene glycol ether groups. These compounds usually contain 1 to 5 ethylene glycol units per propylene glycol unit.

Representative examples of non-ionic surfactants are nonylphenolpolyethoxyethanols, castor oil polyglycol ethers, polypropylene/polyethylene oxide adducts, tributylphenoxypolyethoxyethanol, polyethylene glycol and octylphenoxypolyethoxyethanol. Fatty acid esters of polyoxyethylene sorbitan, e.g. polyoxyethylene sorbitan trioleate, are also suitable non-ionic surfactants.

Cationic surfactants are preferably quaternary ammonium salts which contain, as N-substituent, at least one C8 -C22 alkyl radical and, as further substituents, unsubstituted or halogenated lower alkyl, benzyl or hydroxy-lower alkyl radicals. The salts are preferably in the form of halides, methyl sulfates or ethyl sulfates, e.g. stearyltrimethylammonium chloride or benzyldi(2-chloroethyl)ethylammonium bromide.

The surfactants customarily employed in formulation technology are described, for example, in the following publications:

"McCutcheon's Detergents and Emulsifiers Annual", MC Publishing Corp., Glen Rock, N.J., USA, 1988",

H. Stache, "Tensid-Taschenbuch", 2nd edition, C. Hanser Verlag, Munich, Vienna, 1981,

M. and J. Ash, "Encyclopedia of Surfactants", Vol. I-III, Chemical Publishing Co., New York, 1980-1981.

The pesticidal compositions usually comprise 0.1 to 99%, preferably 0.1 to 95%, of a compound of formula I or combinations of that compound with other insecticides or acaricides, 1 to 99.9% of a solid or liquid adjuvant, and 0 to 25%, preferably 0.1 to 25%, of a surfactant. Whereas commercial products will preferably be formulated as concentrates, the end user will normally employ dilute formulations comprising considerably lower active ingredient concentrations. Typical application concentrations are from 0.1 to 1000 ppm, preferably from 0.1 to 500 ppm. The rates of application per hectare are generally from 1 to 1000 g of active ingredient per hectare, preferably from 25 to 500 g/ha.

Preferred formulations have especially the following compositions (throughout, percentages are by weight):

______________________________________Emulsifiable concentrates:active ingredient:          1 to 90%, preferably 5 to 20%surface-active 1 to 30%, preferably 10 to 20%agent:liquid carrier:          5 to 94%, preferably 70 to 85%Dusts:active ingredient:          0.1 to 10%, preferably 0.1 to 1%solid carrier: 99.9 to 90%, preferably 99.9 to 99%Suspension concentrates:active ingredient:          5 to 75%, preferably 10 to 50%water:         94 to 24%, preferably 88 to 30%surface-active 1 to 40%, preferably 2 to 30%agent:Wettable powders:active ingredient:          0.5 to 90%, preferably 1 to 80%surface active 0.5 to 20%, preferably 1 to 15%agent:solid carrier: 5 to 95%, preferably 15 to 90%Granulesactive ingredient:          0.5 to 30%, preferably 3 to 15%solid carrier: 99.5 to 70%, preferably 97 to 85%______________________________________

The compositions may also comprise further auxiliaries such as stabilisers, e.g. vegetable oils or epoxidised vegetable oils (epoxidised coconut oil, rape oil or soybean oil), antifoams, e.g. silicone oil, preservatives, viscosity regulators, binders, tackifiers as well as fertilisers or other active ingredients for obtaining special effects.

The following Examples serve to illustrate the invention, but do not limit the invention.

PREPARATION EXAMPLES Example P1 2-(2,2-Difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester ##STR10##

0.1 g of 4-pyrrolidinopyridine and 2.53 g of 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethanol are added to a solution of 1.5 g of 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid in 20 ml of methylene chloride, and the mixture is cooled to 0 C. At a temperature of from 0 C. to +5 C., a total of 2.5 g of N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide is added in portions, the ice-cooling is removed and the reaction mixture is allowed to warm to room temperature over a period of 5 hours with stirring. The N,N'-dicyclohexylurea obtained as precipitate is separated off and discarded. The supernatant solution is washed twice with 10 ml of water each time, dried over magnesium sulfate and concentrated by evaporation. The residue is purified by column chromatography on silica gel (eluant: hexane/ethyl acetate, 85:15), yielding pure 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester in the form of a yellowish oil having a refractive index of nD 22 : 1.5309.

Example P2 2-(2,2-Difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester ##STR11##

a) 3-Butenoic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester

0.05 g of 4-pyrrolidinopyridine and 17.25 g of 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethanol are added at room temperature, with stirring, to a solution of 6.45 g of 3-butenoic acid in 100 ml of dichloromethane. At a temperature of 0 C., 17.0 g (82.5 mmol) of N,N-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide are then added in portions, and the reaction mixture is stirred at room temperature for 3 hours. The reaction mixture is filtered. The precipitate which has been separated off is discarded, and the filtrate is washed with water and dried over sodium sulfate. After concentration by evaporation, the oily residue is purified by column chromatography on silica gel with hexane/ethyl acetate (9:1), yielding 20.0 g of 3-butenoic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester of the formula ##STR12## in the form of a colourless oil having a refractive index of nD 23 : 1.5538.

b) 14.8 g of 3-butenoic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester are dissolved in 30 ml of diethylene glycol dimethyl ether (diglyme), and the solution is heated to +165 C. with stirring. A solution of 15.25 g of the sodium salt of chlorodifluoroacetic acid in 30 ml of diglyme is then added dropwise at that temperature over a period of 8 hours. The mixture is stirred for a further one hour at +165 C. and then cooled to room temperature. The reaction mixture is filtered, the residue is washed with 20 ml of diglyme and the filtrate is concentrated completely by evaporation and then taken up in 40 ml of diethyl ether, washed twice with 20 ml of water each time and dried over sodium sulfate. The solvent is concentrated by evaporation and the oily residue is then purified by column chromatography on silica gel with hexane/ethyl acetate (9:1), yielding 12.1 g of 2-(2,2-difluorocyclopropyl)-acetic acid 2-(4-phenoxyphenoxy)-ethyl ester in the form of a colourless oil having a refractive index of nD 22 : 1.5309.

The compounds of formula I listed in the following Tables can be prepared analogously.

                                  TABLE 1__________________________________________________________________________ ##STR13##Comp. No. R                               Physical data__________________________________________________________________________1.01  ##STR14##                      nD 22 : 1.53091.02  ##STR15##                      nD 20 : 1.56191.03  ##STR16##                      nD 20 : 1.54831.04  ##STR17##                      nD 20 : 1.55441.05  ##STR18##                      nD 20 : 1.52481.06  ##STR19##                      nD 20 : 1.53071.07  ##STR20##                      m.p. 53-54 C.1.08  ##STR21##                      nD 21 : 1.53561.09  ##STR22##                      nD 21 : 1.52561.10  ##STR23##                      nD 21 : 1.51921.11  ##STR24##                      nD 21 : 1.51951.12  ##STR25##                      nD 21 : 1.51951.13  ##STR26##1.14  ##STR27##                      nD 23 : 1.50491.15  ##STR28##1.16  ##STR29##1.17  ##STR30##1.18  ##STR31##1.19  ##STR32##1.20  ##STR33##1.21  ##STR34##1.22  ##STR35##1.23  ##STR36##1.24  ##STR37##1.25  ##STR38##1.26  ##STR39##1.27  ##STR40##1.28  ##STR41##1.29  ##STR42##1.30  ##STR43##1.31  ##STR44##1.32  ##STR45##                      nD 23 : 1.4988__________________________________________________________________________

                                  TABLE 2__________________________________________________________________________ ##STR46##Comp. No.  R__________________________________________________________________________2.01   ##STR47##2.02   ##STR48##2.03   ##STR49##2.04   ##STR50##2.05   ##STR51##2.06   ##STR52##2.07   ##STR53##2.08   ##STR54##2.09   ##STR55##2.10   ##STR56##2.11   ##STR57##2.12   ##STR58##2.13   ##STR59##2.14   ##STR60##2.15   ##STR61##2.16   ##STR62##2.17   ##STR63##2.18   ##STR64##2.19   ##STR65##2.20   ##STR66##2.21   ##STR67##2.22   ##STR68##2.23   ##STR69##2.24   ##STR70##2.25   ##STR71##2.26   ##STR72##2.27   ##STR73##__________________________________________________________________________Comp. No.  R1                 Physical data__________________________________________________________________________2.01   H                       m.p. 87-89 C.2.02   CH32.03   ##STR74##2.04   H                       m.p. 69-71 C.2.05   H                       m.p. 64-66 C.2.06   H2.07   H2.08   H2.09   H2.10   ##STR75##2.11   ##STR76##2.12   H2.13   H2.14   H                       m.p. 86-88 C.2.15   H2.16   H                       m.p. 66-68 C.2.17   H2.18   H2.19   H2.20   H2.21   H2.22   H2.23   H2.24   ##STR77##2.25   ##STR78##2.26   H                       m.p. 64-66 C.2.27   H                       m.p. 90-92 C.__________________________________________________________________________
FORMULATION EXAMPLES

(throughout, percentages are by weight)

______________________________________Example F1: Emulsifiable concentrates                 a)      b)      c)______________________________________compound no. 101      25%     40%     50%calcium dodecylbenzenesulfonate                  5%      8%      6%castor oil polyethylene glycol ether                  5%     --      --(36 mol of ethylene oxide)tributylphenol polyethylene glycol                 --      12%      4%ether (30 mol of ethylene oxide)cyclohexanone         --      15%     20%xylene mixture        65%     25%     20%______________________________________

Emulsions of any desired concentration can be produced from such concentrates by dilution with water.

______________________________________Example F2: Solutions            a)      b)      c)     d)______________________________________compound no. 1.05            80%     10%     5%     95%ethylene glycol monomethyl            20%     --      --     --etherpolyethylene glycol            --      70%     --     --(mol. wt. 400)N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone            --      20%     --     --epoxidised coconut oil            --      --      1%      5%petroluem fraction            --      --      94%    --(boiling range 160-190 C.)______________________________________

The solutions are suitable for application in the form of micro-drops.

______________________________________Example F3: Granules           a)       b)      c)    d)______________________________________compound no. 1.02           5%       10%      8%   21%kaolin          94%      --      79%   54%highly dispersed silicic acid           1%       --      13%    7%attapulgite     --       90%     --    18%______________________________________

The active ingredient is dissolved in methylene chloride, the solution is sprayed onto the carrier, and the solvent is subsequently evaporated off in vacuo.

______________________________________Example F4: Dusts   a)      b)______________________________________compound no. 1.03   2%      5%highly dispersed silicic acid               1%      5%talcum              97%     --kaolin              --      90%______________________________________

Ready-for-use dusts are obtained by intimately mixing the carriers with the active ingredient.

______________________________________Example F5: Wettable powders                a)      b)       c)______________________________________compound no. 1.07    25%     50%      75%sodium lignosulfonate                5%       5%      --sodium laurylsulfate 3%      --        5%sodium diisobutylnaphthalene-                --       6%      10%sulfonateoctylphenol polyethylene glycol                --       2%      --ether (7-8 mol of ethyleneoxide)highly dispersed silicic acid                5%      10%      10%kaolin               62%     27%      --______________________________________

The active ingredient is mixed with the adjuvants and the mixture is thoroughly ground in a suitable mill, affording wettable powders which can be diluted with water to give suspensions of any desired concentration.

______________________________________Example F6: Emulsifiable concentrate______________________________________compound no. 1.07     10%octylphenol polyethylene glycol                  3%ether (4-5 mol of ethylene oxide)calcium dodecylbenzenesulfonate                  3%castor oil polyglycol ether                  4%(36 mol of ethylene oxide)cyclohexanone         30%xylene mixture        50%______________________________________

Emulsions of any desired concentration can be obtained from this concentrate by dilution with water.

______________________________________Example F7: Dusts  a)     b)______________________________________compound no. 1.07   5%     8%talcum             95%    --kaolin             --     92%______________________________________

Ready-for-use dusts are obtained by mixing the active ingredient with the carrier and grinding the mixture in a suitable mill.

______________________________________Example F8: Extruder granules______________________________________compound no. 1.07  10%sodium lignosulfonate               2%carboxymethylcellulose               1%kaolin             87%______________________________________

The active ingredient is mixed and ground with the adjuvants, and the mixture is moistened with water. The mixture is extruded, granulated and then dried in a stream of air.

______________________________________Example F9: Coated granules______________________________________compound no. 1.07     3%polyethylene glycol (mol. wt. 200)                 3%kaolin                94%______________________________________

The finely ground active ingredient is uniformly applied, in a mixer, to the kaolin moistened with polyethylene glycol. Non-dusty coated granules are obtained in this manner.

______________________________________Example F10: Suspension concentrate______________________________________compound no. 1.07     40%ethylene glycol       10%nonylphenol polyethylene glycol                  6%ether (15 mol of ethylene oxide)sodium lignosulfonate 10%carboxymethylcellulose                  1%silicone oil in the form of a 75%                  1%aqueous emulsionwater                 32%______________________________________

The finely ground active ingredient is intimately mixed with the adjuvants, giving a suspension concentrate from which suspensions of any desired concentration can be obtained by dilution with water.

BIOLOGICAL EXAMPLES Example B1

Action against Boophilus microplus

Adult female ticks which are replete with blood are affixed to a PVC plate and covered with a cotton wool swab. For treatment, 10 ml of an aqueous test solution comprising 125 ppm of the test compound are poured over the test organisms. The cotton wool swab is then removed and the ticks are incubated for 4 weeks until oviposition has taken place. The action against Boophilus microplus manifests itself either as mortality or sterility of the females or as ovicidal action in the eggs.

In this test, compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Boophilus microplus. In particular, compounds 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.08, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.14, 1.32, 2.01, 2.04, 2.05 and 2.14 are more than 80% effective.

Example B2

Action against Nilaparvata lugens

Rice plants are sprayed with an aqueous emulsion comprising 400 ppm of test compound. After the spray coating has dried, the rice plants are populated with cicada larvae in the 2nd and 3rd stages. Evaluation is made 21 days later. The percentage reduction in the population (% activity) is determined by comparing the number of surviving cicadas on the treated plants with that on untreated plants.

Compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Nilaparvata lugens in this test. In particular, compounds 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.08, 1.09, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12 and 1.14 are more than 80% effective.

Example B3

Action against Tetranychus urticae

Young bean plants are populated with a mixed population of Tetranychus urticae and sprayed one day later with an aqueous emulsion comprising 400 ppm of the test compound. The plants are then incubated for 6 days at 25 C. and then evaluated. The percentage reduction in the population (% activity) is determined by comparing the number of dead eggs, larvae and adults on the treated plants with that on untreated plants.

Compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Tetranychus urticae in this test. In particular, compounds 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.09, 1.10, 1.11, 1.14 and 2.26 are more than 80% effective.

Example B4

Action against Aphis craccivora

Pea seedlings are infested with Aphis craccivora and then sprayed with a spray mixture comprising 400 ppm of the test compound, and incubated at 20 C. Evaluation is made 3 and 6 days later. The percentage reduction in the population (% activity) is determined by comparing the number of dead aphids on the treated plants with that on untreated plants.

Compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Aphis craccivora in this test. In particular, compounds 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.09, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.32 and 2.04 are more than 80% effective.

Example B5

Systemic Action against Nilaparvata lugens

Pots containing rice plants are placed in an aqueous emulsion solution comprising 400 ppm of the test compound. The rice plants are then populated with larvae in the 2nd and 3rd stages. Evaluation is made 6 days later. The percentage reduction in the population (% activity) is determined by comparing the number of cicadas on the treated plants with that on untreated plants.

Compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Nilaparvata lugens in this test. In particular, compound 1.04 is more than 80% effective.

Example B6

Action against Dermanyssus gallinae

2 to 3 ml of a solution comprising 10 ppm of test compound, and approximately 200 mites at various stages of development, are placed in a glass container that is open at the top. The container is then closed with a cotton wool plug, shaken for 10 minutes until the mites are completely wetted, and then inverted for a short time so that the remaining test solution can be absorbed by the cotton wool. The mortality of the mites is determined 3 days later.

Compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Dermanyssus gallinae in this test. In particular, compounds 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.12 and 1.32 are more than 80% effective.

Example B7

Action against Panonychus ulmi (OP- and carb.-resistant)

Apple seedlings are populated with adult females of Panonychus ulmi. Seven days later, the infested plants are sprayed to drip point with an aqueous emulsion comprising 400 ppm of the test compound and then cultivated in a greenhouse. Evaluation is made 14 days later. The percentage reduction in the population (% activity) is determined by comparing the number of dead spider mites on the treated plants with that on untreated plants.

Compounds of Tables 1 and 2 exhibit good activity against Panonychus ulmi in this test. In particular, compounds 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.08, 1.09, 1.10, 1.11 and 2.16 are more than 80% effective.

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